C.A.I.R. And Itâ€™s Radical Ties
"Oftentimes people in the West oversimplify all the groups. Al-Qaida doesn't provide any social services. They just attack civilians. They're not into dialogue."
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR was established in 1994 and is headquarted in Washington, D.C. along with having 35 regional offices and chapters all across the United States and Canada. Its leaders Nihad Awad, Omar Ahmad, and Rafeeq Jaber, have tried to respectfully present their organization as simply another civil rights group fighting for the rights of Islams living in America. African Americans have a very well established group known as ...view middle of the document...
Finally, they are not a group here to represent the noble civilization of Islam but instead are a radical and aggressive group determined to prove that they are dominant to any other religion.Â Â Â
Starting with a single office in 1994, CAIR now claims thirty-one affiliates, including a branch in Canada, with more steadily being added. In addition to its grand national headquarters in Washington, it has impressive offices in other cities; the New York office, for example, is housed in the 19-story Interchurch Center located on Manhattan's Riverside Drive.
That reputation has permitted CAIR to prosper since its founding in 1994, garnering sizeable donations, invitations to the White House, respectful media citations and a serious hearing by corporations.
In reality, CAIR is something quite different. One indication came in October 1998, when the group demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing Osama bin Laden as "the sworn enemy," finding this depiction "offensive to Muslims." The same year, CAIR denied bin Laden's responsibility for the twin East African embassy bombings. As Hooper saw it, those explosions resulted from some vague "misunderstandings of both sides." A New York court, however, blamed bin Laden's side alone for the embassy blasts.
In 2001, CAIR denied his culpability for the Sept. 11 massacre, saying only "if Osama bin Laden was behind it, we condemn him by name." CAIR consistently defends other militant Islamic terrorists too. The conviction of the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing it deemed "a travesty of justice." The conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh who planned to blow up New York City landmarks, it called a "hate crime." The extradition order for suspected Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marook it labeled "anti-Islamic" and "anti-American." Not surprisingly, CAIR also backs those who finance terrorism. When President Bush closed the Holy Land Foundation in December for collecting money he said was "used to support the Hamas terror organization," CAIR decried his action as "unjust" and "disturbing."
CAIR even includes at least one person associated with terrorism in its own ranks. On Feb. 2, 1995, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White named Siraj Wahhaj as one of the "unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators" in the attempt to blow up New York City monuments. Yet CAIR deems him "one of the most respected Muslim leaders in America" and includes him on its advisory board.
For these and other reasons, the FBI's former Chief of Counter Terrorism, Steven Pomerantz, concludes "CAIR, its leaders and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups."